At Lea & Sandeman we like balance and rather unwittingly we appear to have struck a lovely equilibrium with our producers in Montalcino. By this I mean we have two in the North of the region and two in the South.
A common mis-conception about the naming of the Côte-d’Or in Burgundy, is that it relates to slopes of gold (some vineyards are definitely worth more than their weight in gold nowadays). In fact it takes its name from the direction in which the slopes face, which is east, towards the Orient.
Our final Chef’s recipe is also our most simple, but no less delicious and comes from our friends at Bocca di Lupo. Click here for the recipe (.pdf) "Tagliata just means ‘sliced’ – a steak which is sliced when grilled. Sometimes, they are served plain – other times, with porcini mushrooms, or asparagus, or butter and sage, or rocket & tomato.
With the weather due to return to something more normal for the time of year tomorrow, it is the perfect moment for the next instalment of our Chef’s Recipe Blog. This one is from Dave Wall at the award-winning Unruly Pig in Woodbridge, here Dave extols the virtues of Hogget and implores you to give it a try.
For this instalment of the recipe blog we are heading down to the beautiful South West and the supremely gifted team of Angus Bell and Katy Mulheir at Restaurant Mine in Falmouth. Angus has a recipe for mushrooms on toast, which with the addition of kimchi, focaccia and wild mushrooms raises it to another level.
Next up for our Recipes blog is the super talented Matt Whitfield, Head Chef at The Montagu Arms and the no less talented Sergio dos Santos Head Sommelier, with their flavour packed Chicken curry recipe and mouth-watering wines they would suggest to drink with it. Click here for the recipe.
Supplying great wines to Hotels and Restaurants has been part of Lea & Sandeman’s history for over 30 years and we are feeling their loss keenly, particularly the regular interaction with the dear friends we have made in that time and whose businesses are currently in limbo.
While there are those that would dismiss Rosé as frivolous and just something to quench a thirst at the end of a long day or on a sunny Bank Holiday, we have always held with the view that these wines have so much more to offer given the right partner.
Our Wine & Food Pairings for Easter With all that is happening with the world at present it is easy to forget that we are just over a week away from Easter. Whilst probably not at the top of everyone’s priority list, we thought the distraction of focusing on some yummy food and wine would be just what was needed.
Piedmont at the end of January you would think would be a pretty sleepy place, but in fact Alba was buzzing with activity, as it was the host for the Anteprima Nebbiolo tasting for journalists, and the Grandi Langhe tasting for trade and importers.
Just off the A31 not far from Dorchester in the heart of Dorset lies Langham Estate, the first stop on a vinous tour of some of the UK’s best sparkling wine producers.
A week in South Africa in early December visiting a host of great wine producers was an easy invite to accept and so with bags suitably packed, off I headed for Cape Town. It was to be a series of incredible visits and a real eye opener to the vast improvements that have taken place in South African wine since my last visit in 2010.